Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gas Natural SDG SA natural gas supplier is based out of Barcelona, Spain. It ranks fifth among the renewable-energy producers. It lags behind Iberdrola SA, Acciona SA, EDP-Energias de Portugal SA and Enel Green Power

Gas Natural SDG SA natural gas supplier is based out of Barcelona, Spain. It ranks fifth among the renewable-energy producers. It lags behind Iberdrola SA, Acciona SA, EDP-Energias de Portugal SA and Enel Green Power. It is planning for investment for about $ 1.7 billion by the year 2014 which will push the rank of the firm to the third position. It is planning for investments for the projects it won across Spain and in Catalonia. This will also increase its capacity to 2.5 gigawatts or about 6000 gigawatts-hours in a year.

Wipro partners with Citrix and Microsoft to launch WDaaS

Wipro Technologies has partnered with Citrix and Microsoft to launch Wipro Desktop as a Service (WDaaS), a desktop virtualisation offering that delivers desktops, applications and data as an on-demand service.

The HP technology based WDaaS is an integrated service offering which uses the desktop virtualisation technologies of Citrix and Microsoft and provides plug and play desktop and application virtualisation capabilities.

The offering is built on HP Converged Infrastructure for enterprises that want to deploy desktop virtualisation on-premises.

WDaaS will offer a pre-configured appliance (hardware, software and services) that can be managed remotely by Wipro.

In addition, for enterprises seeking a hosted or cloud offering, Wipro delivers desktops and applications as a service from a dedicated private cloud environment in its own datacentres or by leveraging cloud infrastructure providers.

Wipro IT general manager R Srinivasan said desktop and application virtualisation enables transformation of the end user computing in an enterprise.

"The ROI can be achieved through improved worker utilisation, enhanced productivity, distributed workforce, optimised office space allocation and reduced desktop management overhead," Srinivasan said.

"WDaaS offers us a convenient way to take advantage of this technology without the need to go through a complete learning curve on another new technology with our own staff; it allows us to take advantage of the investments done by the core team."


World Health Organization ( WHO ) started the World No Tobacco Day ( WNTD ), which is celebrated on 31st May

Today 31st May is being celebrated as World No Tobacco Day ( WNTD ). It is a means to encourage people for not consuming tobacco in any form for 24 hours. World Health Organization ( WHO )  started the World No Tobacco Day ( WNTD ) in 1987. Every year around 5-6 million deaths are caused due to the harmful effects of tobacco.

Banned in Bangladesh, toxic ship heads to India

A ship named Probo Koala is headed towards Indian shores after being banned by Bangladesh since it is carrying hazardous uncleaned asbestos, PCBs, toxic paints, fuel and chemical residues which has been sent by its owner for breaking down.

Its previous owner, a company called Trafigura, tried to offload its on-board toxic material in Amsterdam. It was detected in time and when the authorities imposed heavy charges for proper disposal, the company decided to instead send the ship to Africa. After trying its luck in Nigeria, the company finally found a dealer in Ivory Coast to dump the chemicals off board.

Hundreds of tonnes of toxic chemicals were poured into the country's largest city, Abidjan. NGO Shipbreaking Platform said the toxic dumps lead to the death of 16 people and thousands of people falling ill.

Paris based International Energy Agency says carbon emission in 2010 at a record high. China, India, Brazil and South Africa have huge demand for power, which is leading to high emissions from power plants

Demand for power is increased so is the generation. Hence, in 2010 the global carbon emissions were at a record high. This was disclosed by Paris based International Energy Agency ( IEA ). Last year the emission were at 30.6 gigatons which is approximately 5% higher than 29.3 gigatons which was the emissions in the year 2008. In 2009, the carbon emission dropped because of global financial crisis. Emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and South Africa are having a huge surge in demand for electricity as economy growth picks up.

Shares of Taewoong Company, OCI Company, Hanwha Chemical Corporation rise in South Korea Exchange as there is speculation the demand for renewable energy will increase as German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that nuclear reactors will be phased out

Taewoong Company is based out of South Korea. It makes parts for wind power plants. As the demand for renewable power is rising so is the stock prices of the company. Also as Germany decided to phase out all nuclear power plants by 2022 there is a speculation in the market that the demand for renewable energy is going to rise. Chancellor Angela Merkel repealed a law to extend the life of nuclear reactors. The price of Taewoong rose by 8.3%, Similarly price of OCI Company (South Korea’s biggest maker of polysilicon) shares rose by 9% and Hanwha Chemical Corporation rose 9.6 % in South Korea Exchange.

Dr. Nikhil Gupta works with New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. Scientists have developed a method by which they can develop lightweight material from fly ash, which can be used as car parts. Fly ash is a byproduct of coal

Dr. Nikhil Gupta works with New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. Scientists have developed a method by which they can develop lightweight material from fly ash, which can be used as car parts. Fly ash is a byproduct of coal. This can also be used to reduce the weights of other daily use structure like lamp posts, park benches etc.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited based out of Australia, will sell BlueGen natural gas fuel cells to Ausgrid as a part of the ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project, which will be installed in, homes in Newcastle. Share prices rose in Australian stock exchange.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited is based out of Australia. It is a developer of clean energy systems, which emit less of carbon. It recently got a contract for supplying 25 natural gas fuel cells. This will generate electricity from gas and has the highest electrical efficiency. It will also provide hot water to homes. It will sell the BlueGen fuel cells to Ausgrid, which will be installed in homes in Newcastle. This is a part of the ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project. After this, the shares of the company rose by 23 % on the Australian stock exchange.

ERP market evolving and changing. Players like SAP, Oracle , Microsoft are dominating but smaller players like Infor, Lawson, Baan, Syspro are catching up.

ERP’s market is evolving and it is changing. As the economic recession recedes, there is lot of consolidation in the ERP market. There are numerous players in the ERP market however the key players can be categorized as Tier 1, 2 and 3. Tier 1 are players like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. Tier 2 consists of players like Infor, Lawson etc. There are many in tier 3 like, Baan, Syspro etc. The dominant player in this market is SAP and has a market share of 25% as of 2010. It is also preferred by large customers who have a turnover of more than 1 billion. However, customers with smaller turnover have other ERP’s to choose from.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) held in Los Angeles, California, which was concluded held earlier this month, two students Sri Ramakrishna High School in Puttur were awared the third place in environment category for eco ink

At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) held in Los Angeles, California, which was concluded held earlier this month, two students Sri Ramakrishna High School in Puttur were awared the third place in environment category. The price money was $1000. N V Pramoda and C S Bhargava have prepared the formulation for eco-friendly ink. They have applied to the patent for the innovation. The ink will take just INR 6 ( $ 0.14 ) for 60ml. It is waterproof and is prepared from powdered Terminalia chebula seeds, water, glycerine, vinegar, acetone and seeds of semicarpus anacardium.

Cities like Los Angeles, Portland and Johannesburg are working with General Electric Co. (GE) and Siemens AG, Johnson Controls Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. for improving infrastructural efficiency to comply with United Nation’s ( UN ) climate change objectives

Big cities like Los Angeles and Johannesburg across the world are focusing on increasing efficiency of buildings and other facilities. Administrators and architects are trying to make them energy efficient by changing lights, insulation and encouraging recycling. United Nations have also been focusing on greenhouse gas ( GHG ) goals.  It also makes economic sense to increase efficiency like Mayor Sam Adams mayor of Portland said recently. Municipal bodies are working with big organizations like General Electric Co. (GE) and Siemens AG, Johnson Controls Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. for improving infrastructural efficiency. They are also winning projects to make the infrastructure efficient.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government announced that Germany would close all nuclear power plants by 2022. France has been critical of Germany’s decision. French Industry Minister Eric Besson says it might prove to be a costly and polluting move

France has been critical of Germany’s decision to exit from nuclear power. It says this will increase France’s dependence on fossil fuel, which will increase carbon emission. The country may also end up importing power, which could be nuclear. French Industry Minister Eric Besson said that, “Germany will be even more dependent on fossil fuels and imports and its electricity will be more expensive and polluting,”. German people could suffer as they might have to pay higher prices for electricity compared to what consumers pay in countries like France. It could almost be double. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government announced that Germany would close all nuclear power plants by 2022 in the aftermath of nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan.

Vibrant Colors of Atlanta Aquarium

Vibrant Colors of Atlanta Aquarium

35 Indian cities will get radiation meters

Having learnt lessons from the tragic tsunami in Japan and the subsequent disasters at Fukushima, the Indian government is set to mandate installation of dosimeters -- that measure radiation -- in 35 large cities, apart from stipulating that home loans and infrastructure lending be available only to projects compliant with national disaster preparedness norms. The government proposes to install dosimeters in 1,000 police stations across 35 cities with over a million population in the first phase.

A PM-chaired meeting could now take it to the next level by deciding to issue guidelines on bank finance for all infrastructure projects to disaster preparedness. The move would be of particular relevance for power, ports and airports, which are worst hit in case of calamities. Apart from lending, there is also focus on enhancing disaster risk coverage through moves such as catastrophe bonds and specific reinsurance which would be used to pay compensation to victims.

Clean Energy Council group of Australian energy companies like AGL Energy Ltd. (AGK) and TRUenergy Holdings Pty have joined hands with Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett

Australian companies like AGL Energy Ltd. (AGK) and TRUenergy Holdings Pty, have joined Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett to support Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her movement towards reducing carbon emissions. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is trying ti get public support for such a plan. The group of fifteen companies has started supporting the campaign. The group is known Clean Energy Council and is headed by Matthew Warren who said that such legislation is widely seen as the most efficient way to reduce emission.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management’s emerging markets group says in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo that world will soon see another financial crisis because derivative market still huge and not well regulated

Mark Mobius is the executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management’s emerging markets group. He feels that the world might see another financial crisis soon. He supports this by saying that the world is still heavily dependant on the derivatives market and it is still not well regulated. According to Mobius the total value of the derivatives in the world is huge. It could be 10 times the global gross domestic product ( GDP ). This is not a healthy trend as it brings lot of volatility in the financial markets. Mobius said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, “There is definitely going to be another financial crisis around the corner because we haven’t solved any of the things that caused the previous crisis. Are the derivatives regulated? No. Are you still getting growth in derivatives? Yes.”

IBM unveils SmartCloud platform

IBM has unveiled a secure cloud platform called the SmartCloud Enterprise. The service will be delivered through its Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore. The solution is based on an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) delivery model and the pricing is based on usage. The SmartCloud supports both Linux and Windows operating systems.

“Cloud computing allows companies to rethink IT and reinvent the way they do business. Our goal is to make CIOs feel comfortable harnessing these capabilities,” said Mr Akash Saxena, Vice-President, Offerings Management and Development, Global Technology Services, IBM, India/South Asia.

Holly J. Benjamin, a co-author of the study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics say most children do not need sports drinks. Sports drink like PepsiCo Inc.’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola Co. (KO)’s Powerade, are very popular with athletes.

Nutrition experts say that it is best if Children avoid sports drink. Sports drink like PepsiCo Inc.’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola Co.’s Powerade, are very popular with athletes and help them by providing the right amounts of nutrition. However since children do not have such high physical activity hence they may not need the high dosage of extra calories these drinks provide. If taken in excess quantities it may add obesity. According to Holly J. Benjamin, a co-author of the study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best. Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need.”

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal raises concern that high price of oil may spur investments into alternate sources of energy. He feels the price of oil should be around $70 to $ 80 a barrel.

If oil prices are high, it will strangulate the economic recovery of the world. However, there is a strong correlation between economic growth and the price of oil. If the outlook improves, the oil prices rises higher. Also economic pundits are sure that as oil hovers around $100 a barrel it will make people look for alternate sources of energy. If the alternate sources of energy become viable option due to innovation and economies of scale the countries which depend purely on the price of oil will suffer. The same concern was raised by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the grandson of the current king. He felt that the price of oil should be around $70 to $ 80 a barrel. If the price of oil rises higher people will start pouring money to search alternate sources of energy and that could be renewable energy.

President Barack Obama has visited Joplin, Missouri and attended a memorial service on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. He referred to how leaders at the Group of Eight summit have expressed their solidarity.

President Barack Obama has visited Joplin, Missouri. Last week a tornado left many dead and destroyed a large part of the city. During his visit he honored the people who were the first ones to respond to the affected people with help. During a memorial service on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, President Barack Obama said, “I can promise you, your country will be there with you every step of the way. We will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet. We’re not going anywhere.” He referred to how leaders at the Group of Eight summit have expressed their solidarity.

Sinovel Wind Group Company’s unit will invest $30 million in the Hong Kong initial public offering ( IPO ) of Huaneng Renewables Corporation a unit of China’s biggest power producer. GE has already planned to invest in the IPO.

Sinovel Wind Group Company’s unit also has plans to invest upto $30 million worth of shares in Huaneng Renewables Corporation. Huaneng Renewables Corporation is the unit of the biggest power producer in China. The initial public offering ( IPO ) will be in Hong Kong. Already a host of companies like General Electric ( GE )  have agreed to invest in the IPO of the firm.

Tokyo Electric Power Company ( Tepco ), said two workers have been diagnosed with high level of radiation in thyroid at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company ( Tepco ) has said that workers they have been constantly monitoring the health of the workers who have been handling the emergency situation at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Two of the workers have been diagnosed with high level of radiation in their thyroid glands. The power utility company was checking the workers for the level of radiation exposure.

German firm Roth & Rau AG that makes equipments for producing solar cells has agreed to a takeover bid by Meyer Burger Technology AG. Gutekunst Holding has increased its stake in the firm to 15.06%. KLK Holdings Ltd. of Cyprus has 10%. Shares rising in Frankfurt trading.

Roth & Rau AG is a German firm. The firm makes equipments for producing solar cells. Gutekunst Holding has increased its stake in the firm to 15.06%. It has agreed to a takeover bid and hence the stocks of the firm rose in Frankfurt trading. The share rose by 1%. Meyer Burger Technology AG has agreed to buy the firm and it was announced. KLK Holdings Ltd. of Cyprus has 10% stake in Roth & Rau. It is the third largest shareholder. It is not convinced that the takeover price is lucrative.

Lanco Infratech Ltd. will soon emerge as India’s biggest builder of solar power plants, is scouting targets for overseas acquisition. Morgan Stanley says the market will hot with merger and acquisition like Total SA bought SunPower Corporation.

Lanco Infratech Ltd. will soon emerge as India’s biggest builder of solar power plants. It is scouting targets for overseas acquisition. There is lot of consolidation happening in the industry and Lanco Infratech Ltd. is open to any interesting opportunity. Large companies are interested to enter the space, which is very much fragmented and active with smaller players. Morgan Stanley predicts that the market will be hot with merger and acquisitions. For example last month Europe’s third largest oil company Total SA bought 60% of SunPower Corporation for $1.38 bilion. SunPower Corporation makes solar cell and modules.

Polish utility firm PGE SA has a renewable energy unit, which has agreed to buy a 48 megawatt wind farm from Gamesa Energia SAU.

PGE SA is the largest power utility firm in Poland. It has a renewable energy unit. The renewable energy unit of the firm has agreed to buy a 48-megawatt wind farm from Gamesa Energia SAU. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Jean-Michel Germa was the head of La Compagnie du Vent wind-power unit of GDF Suez SA has sued GDF for 485 million euros for his removal from the position

Jean-Michel Germa was the head of La Compagnie du Vent wind-power unit of GDF Suez SA. GDF has removed him as the head. Jean-Michel Germa has sued GDF of 485 million euros. The tribunal will consider his appeal on June 9th 2011. Germa alleges that GDF wanted to siphon off knowledge, expertise and assets from La Compagnie du Vent to other divisions of GDF Suez group. On the other hand, people say that Germa wanted to keep the unit independent, which didn’t go down well with GDF Suez.

Germany’s ruling coalition headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s have decided to shut all nuclear power plants by 2022. German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen has disclosed the timelines. Germany is trying to move out of nuclear power after accident of Fukushima, Japan due to earthquake and tsunami

The German ruling coalition headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s have managed to put away their differences and agree over how and when to exit nuclear power. They have decided that by 2022 the remaining nuclear power plants in Germany will be shut down. The tax on spent fuel rods will remain according to German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen. In March after the nuclear accident of Fukushima nuclear power plant due to earthquake and tsunami Merkel had decided that Germany would slowly and gradually move out of nuclear power. This reverses Germany’s stand when in 2010 they had decided that they would try to enhance the life of nuclear power plants by an average of 12 years. Roettgen said, “The seven oldest reactors that have been placed under a moratorium and the Kruemmel nuclear power plant won’t go back online. A second group of six nuclear power plants will go offline at the end of 2021 at the latest and the three most modern power plants will go offline 2022 at the latest.”

China’s Standardization Administration says that electric bicycle should weight more than 40 kilograms and should go more than 20 kilometers an hour. If the bicycle is not adhering to this standard the provinces and municipalities are not issuing licenses.

Electric bicycles were becoming popular in China. However, provinces and municipalities have put in new criteria for issuing licenses. The electric bicycles should not be more than 40 kilograms in weight and the top speed should not be more than 20 kilometers an hour. This is the standard issued by China’s Standardization Administration in 2009. In case the electric bicycle is not adhering to this standard the provinces and municipalities are not issuing licenses.

Factory farming and animal abuse investigations are marked by Tipster Mark in a new project by Animal Visuals. to Mark the project tries to bring attention to the pending "Ag-Gag" anti-photography bills currently pending in Iowa and New York.

Tipster Mark highlights factory-farming investigations in a new project by Animal Visuals. The interactive map helps customers by locating and tracking points, which are under investigations fro unfair farm and animal husbandry practices. According to Mark the project tries to show that there is a pattern in animal abuse. It also tries to bring attention to the pending "Ag-Gag" anti-photography bills currently pending in Iowa and New York. This law tries to prevent being exposed by employees to undercover agents.

Analysis: India takes unique path to lower carbon emissions

(Reuters) -With four times the population of the United States, an economy growing 8-9 percent a year and surging energy demand, India's race to become an economic power has propelled it to No. 3 in the list of top carbon polluters.
India's greenhouse gas emissions will keep rising as it tries to lift millions out of poverty and connect nearly half a billion people to electricity grids. But it is also trying to curb emissions growth in a unique way, fearing the impacts of climate change and spiralling energy costs.

The government is betting big on two market-based trading schemes to encourage energy efficiency and green power across the country of 1.2 billion people, sidestepping emissions trading schemes that have poisoned political debate in the United States and Australia.

"The policy roadmap India is adopting to curb emissions is innovative -- something that will make industries look at making efficiency the center-piece rather than some step that follows an ineffective carrot and stick policy," said Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO of green policy consultants Vasudha India.

In the world's first such national market-based mechanism, called Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT), India is starting a mandatory scheme that sets benchmark efficiency levels for 563 big polluting from power plants to steel mills and cement plants, that account for 54 percent of the country's energy consumption.

The scheme allows businesses using more energy than stipulated to buy tradeable energy saving certificates, or Escerts, from those using less energy, creating a market estimated by the government to be worth about $16 billion in 2014 when trading starts.

The number of Escerts depends on the amount of energy saved in a target year.

LEARNING CURVE

A three-year rollout phase is set to start in September and will help India curb about 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions, the government estimates.

The rollout is aimed at working out hiccups in the process for companies to measure and report their energy use.

India has already rolled out a renewable energy certificate (REC) trading scheme for wind, solar and biomass power plants. Green power comprises about 8 percent of energy production in India, while coal generates more than 60 percent, leading to a hefty coal import bill.

Trading for the REC scheme, which currently occurs once a month, has picked up as more projects participate, underpinning a government plan to ramp up solar power from near zero to 20 gigawatts by 2022, about one eighth of power generation now.

On May 25, a total of 14,002 RECs were traded during the REC trading session on the Indian Energy Exchange valued at $4.6 million, compared with 260 units at the previous session in April.

But concerns remain about how both initiatives will evolve because of a lack of data and trained manpower as well as weak penalties for firms that refuse to comply.

"India has an issue of manpower and data. You look at incomes, industrial activities are growing, the share market might boom but hiring manpower, (building up) capacity and institutions is a long-term game," said Girish Sant, energy analyst at non-profit think tank Prayas.

Some analysts also point to technical gaps in the PAT scheme, including how various units of one company would be graded. There were also limitations that allow REC certificates to be traded only once, limiting the early entry of intermediaries or market makers.

"In order to have an effective cap-and-trade or market mechanism that aids desired reduction in energy use, it is necessary to have targets that are neither too easy nor too difficult to achieve," said leading Indian clean energy project developer and advisory Emergent Ventures in a report on PAT.

But industry observers said it still makes sense for India to opt for a national energy efficiency scheme rather than carbon emissions trading.

"Because the target is intensity, so you are basically asking people to reduce their intensity and that matches the overall target," said Sant of Prayas.

The government has pledged to cut carbon intensity -- the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of economic output -- by between 20 and 25 percent by 2020, from 2005 levels.

Emissions trading would need an absolute emissions cap, something India does not want to do, saying it needs to keep its economy growing and competitive.

Adapting to the national policy and creating a unique market are a function of time and communication, said Vishwajit Dahanukar, managing director of Managing Emissions, a clean energy project developer, advisory and asset manager.

"That's basically it. It's just early days," he told Reuters from Mumbai.

Rival China is also looking at promoting energy efficiency but most of the government's planned efforts focus more on carbon emissions trading to achieve national climate and pollution goals.

In April, a senior Chinese official said the government would launch pilot emissions trading schemes in six provinces before 2013 and set up a nationwide trading platform by 2015, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon reported. The programme would be based on provincial-level energy consumption targets.

The Chinese government is also considering a cap-and-trade scheme for energy savings in its buildings sector, which accounts for 30 to 40 percent of the country's overall emissions.

According to a government directive, the mechanism would create energy saving credits but the programme was still in the early planning stages, with trading some years away.

"As Chinese industry is much more organised and the political system allows stringent monitoring, it becomes a little easier for them to use emissions trading," said Siddharth Pathak, Greenpeace India's policy officer for climate and energy, told Reuters.

"Also the push back from Indian industry would be much more than China."

(Additional reporting by David Fogarty in Singapore and Ratnajyoti Dutta in New Delhi)

NEW DELHI | Sun May 29, 2011 6:31pm EDT

Sunday, May 29, 2011

General Electric’s ( GE ) 7FA turbines are powered by natural gas and can reach 75% of the peak output of 211 megawatt in just 10 minutes. These turbines can complement the power grid and renewable sources of energy like wind and solar

Renewable energy is not very reliable as they depend on the vagaries of nature. Hence, the world needs a source of energy, which can complement the renewable energy when the grid is falling short of supply for renewable sources. GE has come up with a new idea of natural gas power turbines. Natural gas is a cleaner fuel than most of the other fossil fuels. General Electric’s ( GE ) new 7FA turbines can be fired up quickly and can reach 75% of the peak output in just 10 minutes. The peak output of these turbines is 211 megawatts.

SOLAR ENERGY GETS SET TO POWER INDIA



A Perfect Storm is defined as “an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically”. Based on developments over the last few years, it is becoming increasingly
apparent that a perfect storm is brewing in the energy space in the country.

First, India will continue to experience insatiable energy demand growth over the next several years. According to the Ministry of Power, from a current installed base of 170 GW, India will build up to 316 GW by 2020. In the same time-frame, the demand gap will grow from 19GW to 103GW, an increase of 5x! In this scenario, all types of energy are welcome – conventional, nuclear, and renewable.
Second, in spite of having low greenhouse gas emissions per capita, India has already become the 3th largest emitter in the world, according to the International Energy Association. This has created immense international pressure on India to respond. Increasing the percentage of renewable energy in the overall energy mix is one way to take a substantial bite out of the emissions pie.
Third, India is endowed with ample raw materials required to generate solar energy. Two ingredients are essential – land and sun – and India has plenty of both. In fact, the best land tracts for solar energy generation are dry and barren, and have little potential for alternate use. Conservative estimates put solar potential in India at about 70GW. More realistic estimates put the potential closer to 500GW.
Fourth, solar power technologies lend themselves to the scale effect. With increasing scale comes improvement in yields, efficiencies, quality, reliability, and costs of production. All of these work in concert to drive the levelised-cost-of-electricity (LCOE) down. Combine that with increasing costs of conventional energy, driven by increasing costs of inputs, and the utopian spectre of grid parity becomes achievable in the next few years (Figure 1).
Fifth, Indian policymakers are committed to supporting the scale-up while also reducing solar costs. The National Solar Mission employed tariff bidding to allocate 650MW to developers last year. The Gujarat Government has signed PPAs for 950+MW. In future rounds, the tariffs offered by these programmes will reduce, which will drive down the costs of solar generation. Already, capital costs for solar projects have dropped from INR 15-16 crore/MW to INR 12-13 crore/MW. Another government initiative that will drive significant capacity addition is the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) that is being implemented across the country. Distribution companies and captive consumers will have to source a percentage of their energy from renewable sources. This is set at 5% currently and will grow to 15% over the next ten years. Within this, there is a solar-specific RPO of 0.25%, slated to grow to 3% over the same time frame. The RPOs will be implemented through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which will trade within a pricing band established by the CERC. This pricing band will be reviewed periodically and is designed to provide acceptable financial returns to developers (Figure 2).
Lastly, in spite of challenges, several hundred MW are likely to be commissioned within the next year. As stated earlier, over 1,600 MW of PPAs have already been signed. While many developers are facing significant hurdles, related largely to acquiring land and achieving financial closure, several projects aggregating 200-300MW are likely to be commissioned over the next year. Not a bad outcome from a standing start!
These circumstances are leading to a perfect storm in solar, which should result in over 50 GW installed (Figure 3) and over $30 billion invested in solar power (Figure 4) in India by 2022.
The author is COO and head, Carbon Finance and Technology Solutions, Emergent Ventures

Elephant countries form 'E-8' action group

Delegates from eight countries representing nearly two-thirds of the elephant population on the planet met for the first time at New Delhi recently.

"From poaching for their ivory to habitat loss, every issue to conserve the elephant needs to be addressed", said Mr.Jairam Ramesh, India's environment minister.

Wildlife experts say both the African and Asian elephant face numerous threats and a combined effort from all countries was needed to ensure the animal's long-term survival.

The meeting was attended by delegates from Botswana, Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand. India is home to an estimated 25,000 Asian elephants but their numbers are falling due to poaching and habitat destruction.

Australian Koala Foundation is trying to save koala from extinction, CEO Deborah Tabart has approached the senate to list koalas under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Loss of habitat as forest cover reduces, Sexually transmitted diseases ( STD ) and changing climate threaten the species.

Australian Koala Foundation is fighting a tough battle to save the species. The population of Koalas in Australia have reduced by 20%. According to estimates the total number of Koalas would be somewhere between 43000 to 80000. The population of koala is threatened by the following: Loss of habitat as forest cover reduces, Sexually transmitted diseases ( STD ) and changing climate. If things are not taken into control now it is estimated that the animal species would be extinct by 2040. Australian Kkoala Foundation’s CEO Deborah Tabart has submitted a petition to Australian Senate. The senate should consider to list koalas under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Germans have a massive protest against Nuclear Power. The CDU and Red-Green do flip flop over banning Nuclear Power plants in Germany after Fukushima Nuclear Power plant accident.

Germans have started a massive protest against Nuclear power. On Saturday 28th May 2011 about 160000 people joined the protests with their motto being "Atomkraft -- Schluss" (End Nuclear Power). This protest covered 20 cities and the impact of the protest will be felt in the future days in the nuclear negotiations and also in the future of Nuclear Power in Germany. The governing CDU party has suddenly changed their stance on Nuclear power after the Fukushima Nuclear accident. After CDU gained some power they quickly moved to reverse a bill that the Red-Green had brought in to close Nuclear Power plants.

Canada, European Union ( EU ), China and Malaysia seems to have left U.S. behind in banning BPA from baby products.

China and Malaysia seems to have acted faster to ban BPA from Baby products. China’s Health Ministry has already announced plans to ban any baby bottles, food and drink items containing BPA. IT has set no date for the ban. Malaysia has already decided next March as the date for the ban to become effective. U.S. however seems to have fallen behind. Even though some of the states have banned products containing BPA the other states are still deliberating about it. Canada and the European Union ( EU ) have already banned BPA.

U.S. based Styrene Information and Research Center and the American Composites Manufacturers Association have written a letter to secretary of health and human services Kathleen Sebelius remove Styrene from 12th Report on Carcinogens – authored by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an inter-agency program administered by HHS

Styrene has been listed as carcinogenic however, industry bodies feel otherwise about it. The scientific research has also provided some insight about Styrene not being carcinogenic. Hence, U.S styrene industry bodies like the Styrene Information and Research Center and the American Composites Manufacturers Association have been talking to the government about removing it from the list. They have written a letter to secretary of health and human services Kathleen Sebelius. In the letter, they have urged the government to reclassify styrene as non-carcinogenic. The 12th Report on Carcinogens – authored by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an inter-agency program administered by HHS will be published soon and the bodies urged that Styrene should be removed from the list.

U.S. Senate Energy Committee has not passed a couple of bills. Democrats and have been critical of Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee’s ranking Republican saying that Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission claiming that he has been procrastinating on these critical measures reported by the Hill.

The U.S. Senate Energy Committee has not yet completed the bill, which will create “clean-energy deployment administration”. This bill will expand federal financing for low-carbon energy technologies. The Committee will take up this bill along with other bills like a bill on offshore drilling safety measure and a bill on oil and gas production on some later date. This was reported by the Hill. It seems that Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee’s ranking Republican, has not yet given a nod for the two drilling procedures. The Democrats who are members on the Committee have been critical of the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission claiming that he has been procrastinating on these critical measures, which will curb speculative moves in the oil markets.

Top Democrats like Reps. Henry Waxman, Diana DeGette and Edward Markey are on the House energy and natural resources committees want to hold discussion with Republicans on hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking. The state senate of Texas has passed a bill on fracking

Top Democrats like Reps. Henry Waxman, Diana DeGette  and Edward Markey are on the House energy and natural resources committees. They have called on Republicans primarily to hold discussions on hydraulic fracturing. This process of natural gas production is also known as fracking. In the letter they have mentions that “While hydraulic fracturing and the increased use of natural gas hold great promise, it is essential that the technique be adequately regulated to prevent risks to health and the environment. A Committee hearing would give members a better understanding of these issues and an opportunity to assess the need for appropriate legislation,”. The state senate of Texas has passed a bill which will make it mandatory for natural gas drillers to publish lists of the chemicals they use in fracking.

Invest In China To Make Money On Renewables

According to E&Y's quarterly Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices, China is the most attractive country for renewable energy installations based on the size of its national renewable energy markets, renewable energy infrastructures, and suitability for individual technologies (i.e. wind and solar). The country has held the top spot since August 2010 thanks to some ambitious targets (11.3% of energy generated by non-fossil fuels by 2015) and support for shallow water offshore wind--something the U.S. has had plenty of trouble with .

We can see evidence of China's attractiveness in the amount of money invested in the country's clean energy sector--in 2010, private renewable energy investment in the country grew by 39% from the previous year to $54.4 billion in funding.

The U.S. isn't failing too badly, though. The country is in second place due to its support of utility scale solar (like all those giant solar projects in the desert). But the U.S.'s score hasn't budged since last quarter, mainly because the future of its clean energy policy depends on whether Obama's 2012 budget increases for renewable energy pan out. India, Germany, and Italy round out the top five for their support for solar and wind.

Perhaps the unluckiest country in the rankings is Japan, which dropped three spots to number 18 because of its focus on natural gas and oil imports--mostly a result of the Fukushima disaster that took a portion of the country's nuclear capacity offline. Unfortunately, that doesn't make Japan a particularly attractive country for renewable energy dollars (though this may be about to change with reported plans for massive solar installations).

Read Report: http://www.fastcompany.com/1755225/china-is-the-most-attractive-country-for-renewable-energy-report

Birds on Tree: Ranganathittu bird sanctuary ( Near Mysore ) Karnataka, India.

Birds on Tree: Ranganathittu bird sanctuary ( Near Mysore ) Karnataka, India. Photograph by Anand Chatterjee.

Nebraska U.S. has passed a bill to make pipeline owners and operator responsible for environmental damage. This bill will apply to Keystone XL pipeline between the Alberta oil sands and Gulf Coast oil refineries, the legislators have written to U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton to delay the decision on the pipeline.

In Nebraska, lawmakers have passed a new bill. This bill proposed to hold pipeline owners and operators responsible for any damage to environment caused by he pipeline. According to The Lincoln Journal Star the new bill would cover the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline between the Alberta oil sands and Gulf Coast oil refineries. Six Nebraska legislators sent a letter to U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton. They have asked her to delay the federal decision on permitting the pipeline until May 2012.

The U.S senate energy committee has come up with five bills ranging from renewable energy , carbon capture, energy analysis and protection to electric infrastructure.

The U.S. senate energy committee has reported five bills. This means that a full senate can be convened and consider these bills. The bills are as follows:


>S. 630: This is a bill, which will promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development.

>S.699: This bill will create and support a demonstration program for carbon sequestration

>S.757: This bill will encourage the development of systems to capture carbon from dilute sources

> A bill to which will analyze the impact of energy production on U.S. water resources

> A bill to which will provide protection against cyber theft to electric infrastructure.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) and Department of Energy ( DOE )are among the 30 agencies, which have done the regulatory reviews as per U.S. President Barack Obama’s order. It can save billion of dollars for the economy.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) and Department of Energy ( DOE )are among the 30 agencies, which have done the regulatory reviews, and it has been published by the Obama administration. U.S. President Barack Obama had passed an order in January wherein he wanted that the regulations should be reviewed to that unnecessary regulations can be done away with. This will save the economy billions of dollars every year. For example Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) has identified that gas stations have to install vapor recovery systems for controlling air pollution. This requirement has now become redundant as most of the vehicles now have air pollution control mechanism. If this requirement is done away with this will save the economy about $670 million every year.

Merck the German pharmaceutical Giant based out of Darmstadt has sold its Johannesburg , South African manufacturing business to Nkunzi Investment Holdings

Merck KGaA is the German pharmaceutical giant. It is based in Darmstadt, Germany. It has a manufacturing business in South Africa. This South African outfit was sold to Nkunzi Investment Holdings. It is now known as Nkunzi Pharmaceuticals. The South African outfit is based in Johannesburg. It has started trading on 3rd May 2011. Merck and black-owned investment company Omame are the shareholders. This information was reported by Engineering News.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kangchenjunga - Taken from Pelling, West Sikkim, India




Polish Environment MinisterAndrzej Kraszewski met EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard in Brussels and disclosed that European Union ( EU ) not willing to propose deeper greenhouse gas reduction ( GHG ) target and wait till the climate change talks in Durban, South Africa are held. EU will also see if U.S. and China are following

European Union ( EU ) not willing to propose deeper greenhouse gas reduction ( GHG ) target. It wants to wait until the global climate summit which will begin in November. Polish Environment MinisterAndrzej Kraszewski disclosed this. EU have been very aggressive on it environmental targets and wants to lead the world. It was not to reduce emissions by 20% by the year 2020 as compared to the level of 1990. The European Union is even willing to set a target of 30% is the member countires agree and other countries like U.S and China are willing to follow. Poland is going to accept the next EU presidency. Polish Environment MinisterAndrzej Kraszewski met EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard in Brussels and has decided to be open during the climate change talks in Durban, South Africa The talks have been scheduled from November 28 to December 9.

The green wave - Some initiatives by companies


  • During a speech in Seattle this month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the U.S. must invest in energy technology. Last year, Gates helped start the American Energy Innovation Council, which hopes to persuade the federal government to spend up to $16 billion a year on research and development of clean-energy technology.

  • More than a half-dozen clean-tech companies have filed to go public this year, and U.S. venture-capital investment in pre-IPO clean-tech companies rose to $1.75 billion in the first quarter, up 21 percent from the same quarter of last year. Last month, BrightSource Energy, which makes solar-thermal power systems, filed for an initial public offering of up to $250 million of its common stock this year.

  • Google on Tuesday said it is pumping $55 million into a project to build wind turbines in Southern California, the latest in a string of investments in wind power and other alternative generation technologies by the search-engine powerhouse.

  • The electric vehicle is ready to merge into the mainstream after decades of stalls and sputtering starts. Tesla Roadsters, Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs are on the market, with several more in the pipeline from major automakers.

  • Ford Motor is using Google technology to help it come up with new ways to optimize energy efficiency. Google's Prediction API, for example, would let drivers of Ford hybrid automobiles turn off their engines to limit pollution based on their past driving habits, said Ryan McGee, a technical expert at Ford.

  • In another sign that traditional energy companies are betting on solar power, French oil giant Total last month said it plans to buy a 60 percent stake worth $1.38 billion in SunPower, Silicon Valley's dominant solar-panel maker.

  • Intel signed a yearlong consulting agreement with MiaSoli, to help the solar start-up boost production.

  • Harvest Power in March said it raised $51.7 million in Series B funding, which will help it ramp up construction of facilities to turn yard and food waste into methane, the principal component of natural gas. The new funding brings the total equity financing raised by Harvest Power to roughly $70 million, CEO Paul Sellew said.
  • Raytheon Takes Large Leap Forward in Energy Conservation

    Raytheon plans to power five of its North Texas facilities with electricity generated by methane gas produced as a natural byproduct of landfill decomposition. The company is acquiring renewable energy from Montauk Energy through a contract with Noble Americas Energy Solutions LLC.

    Raytheon went on to say this project is the largest sustainability initiative in Texas to date and the five sites will receive enough renewable-based electricity to power 2,400 homes.

    According to EPA, as of December 2010, more than 500 gas-to-energy landfill projects in 46 states have transformed methane gas into reusable energy. The green power will fulfill 20 percent of Raytheon’s north Texas energy needs.

    As a result of the North Texas initiative supporting the firm’s goal to reduce greenhouse emissions by 10 percent between 2008 and 2015, Raytheon will receive green-e-certified renewable energy credits.

    Governor of New Jersey U.S. Chris Christie has finally pulled out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and promised to ban coal-fired plants from the state.

    Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie has finally pulled out of the 10 state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). It was the cap-and-trade program in the U.S.. The governor felt that the cap-and-trade program was burdening the state industry without any substantial environmental benefits. He said that New Jersey has already met the carbon emissions goals of 2020. According to him, the market forces are more powerful than these program. New Jersey has its own initiative for Solar, Wind and natural gas generation. He promised to ban coal-fired plants from the state. 
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